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Good Old Days Festival was a last bit of summer fun

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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:00 am

In an annual rite of the passing of summer into autumn, the Good Old Days Festival brought hungry crowds to Kennedy Park on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The festival is a tribute to all things small town, with children’s games, music, food and plenty of community groups presenting their information.

It’s a day to slow down, take it easy, listen to music and enjoy the bay views, putting the hectic pace of summer behind.

For the hungry, and there were plenty of those, the traditional hamburger and hot dog table saw a steady stream of traffic, scooping up 75-cent food hot off the grills. Behind the grills were volunteers, including city and school district staff and other well known locals.

Local eateries also set up stands selling their most popular edibles.

Playing in the background was a mixed variety of music, from the old time rock and roll of The Shakes to the Brazilian jazz sounds of Gina Roche, and a third stage with the Billy Walton Band. Crafters and antique cars rounded out the festival.

At the other end of the park, a cheerleading squad put on a tumbling and acrobatics display, while local Cub Scouts stepped up to let passersby send them plunging into a dunk-tank.

The smallest of the festival-goers made good use of the park’s playground equipment and inflatables, running, sliding and bouncing away their endless energy.

Some retreated from the crowd, grabbing a spot for their beach chairs along the cliffs overlooking the water, close enough to grab something to eat and hear the music in the background, but taking in the peaceful setting and view of the bay.

Those looking to take a scenic view of historic aspects of the town could catch a “Somers to Remember” trolley, to tour the town’s most historic sites on a Model-T trolley for just a dollar.

Kicking off the day was the Lawrence “Bud” Kern Memorial 5K run and walk, which starts and ends in Kennedy Park, sending the racers through nearby neighborhoods at 9 a.m. The race raises funds for the Bud Kern scholarships, which are awarded to local high school students annually.

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